"And Friday the 13th, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s very cynical moviemaking. It just doesn’t rise above its cheapness."
That is one hell of a quote from John Carpenter,posted by Cinema Blend, and it is hard to argue with his point of view. Carpenter's Halloween was quite the revolutionary film in 1978. It was made with little to no budget, but it achieved the goal of scaring the living hell out of everyone that dared to watch it. Now, it is still held in high regard and on every October 31st, every single year, you can bet it will be on TV. However, Carpenter's distaste for cheap horror movies is something I simply disagree with. He is probably right that his movie inspired a bunch of crappy spinoffs, but so what?
In my opinion, Friday the 13th is a very entertaining movie and absolutely rises above it's "cheapness" as Carpenter would say. Is it on the level as the original Halloween, absolutely not. The original Halloween was lightning in a bottle. It didn't rely on gore and boobs flashing in your face every six minutes, it was an actual film. It was eerie and creeped the shit out of you the more you watched it. It survived the test of time because it is an actual film, not just a popcorn throwaway horror film and I wouldn't put Friday the 13th in that class either. Is Michael Myers a better killer than Jason Voorhees or his psychotic mother? Sure. However, there were a ton of worse horror films made after Halloween that were much cheaper than Friday the 13th. For example, every single sequel to the original Halloween. Hopefully, Carpenter's return means we will get a decent Halloween film again and maybe he can even revive the Friday the 13th franchise? Why not?